We’ve pulled together some ways you can make that heat and light go as far as it can this summer and save energy during the lighter and warmer days.
Turn the lights off
Lighting accounts for around 7%1 of a typical household’s bill. Little things, like opening all your curtains when it's sunny to let the light and heat in, can save pennies that add up. Remembering to switch off just eight 50W halogen lights for one hour each day could save you over £202 a year.
If you’re thinking of buying outside lights, it’s well worth buying ones with sensors, so they’re only on when you need them. Even better, why not get solar-powered ones – they work all year round and won’t cost you a penny in energy.
Take the strain off your fridge and freezer
Try not to overfill the fridge. If cold air hasn’t got room to circulate, your fridge will have to work harder to keep food cool, using more electricity.
Keeping the backs of your fridge and freezer clear means they can work more ef?ciently and use less energy.
If possible, keep your fridge/freezer away from cookers, heaters and direct sunlight. If they get warm, they’ll use more energy trying to keep cool.
Try to keep your freezer at least three quarters full – the more that’s in it, the less energy you’ll waste.
Take a load off
Few things gobble up electricity like a tumble dryer. Cutting down on just one load a week, using the line or a clothes horse instead, could take up to £302 off your bill a year. If you need to use your dryer, give your clothes a quick extra spin in the washing machine beforehand – they’ll dry much quicker.
You could use a timer for your tumble dryer, to make sure it’s not on for longer than necessary. And, if you’re on Economy 7 or Economy 10, you could set it to come on at night
, when your electricity is cheaper.
Have salad instead
Don’t spend those sunny days sweating in the kitchen. A nutritious salad can help you save on running multiple cooking appliances such as ovens, microwaves and hobs. If you have an online account, you can see your energy use and compare it to homes like yours in your Saving Energy Toolkit, along with more energy saving tips. Log in (or register for an online account) to use your Toolkit today.
We’ve pulled together some ways you can make that heat and light go as far as it can this winter and save energy during the darker and colder days.
The clocks have gone back, so summer time is officially over. As we can use more energy over the winter with the darker and colder days, we’ve pulled together some ways you can make that heat and light go as far as it can this winter.
Heating your home can use up to 60%1 of your energy. To save energy, if possible turn down the heat when you’re out and only heat the rooms you’re using. Lowering your thermostat just 1oC can add up to savings of £65 per year2, and it’s a common misconception that it’s cheaper to leave heating on all day instead of just putting it on when you need it.
Watch your water
Hot water can make up to 10% of an average energy bill3. If you’ve got one, lowering the temperature on your hot water tank to 60oC could reduce your water heating costs while still being hot enough to kill harmful bacteria.
Insulate, insulate, insulate
Insulating walls can save energy by trapping heat. Each type of wall has different requirements, so check with an insulation professional to ensure you're using the appropriate solution for your home. You can find out more about what type of wall you’ve got on the Energy Saving Trust website (opens in new window).
Drop the draughts
Draught-proof your home to stop heat escaping through gaps in windows, doors, pipework, loft hatches, and ceiling-to-wall joints. You could cut up to £555 per year off your heating costs.
Light up your life
Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs – both use about a quarter of the energy of traditional bulbs6. Install them in the lights you use most often, like those in the kitchen, living room, or outside, and always turn them off when you're not using them. If you have an online account, you can see your energy use and compare it to homes like yours in your Saving Energy Toolkit, along with more energy saving tips. Log in (or register for an online account) to use your Toolkit today.